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Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Oxford University

The mission of COMPAS is to conduct high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration.
The mobility of people is now firmly recognised as a key dimension shaping society today, but the relationship between migration and societal change is only partly understood. Research at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), core funded by the Economic and Social Research Council is geared to deepen the understanding of this relationship.

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Michael Collyer, University of Sussex, gives a talk for the COMPAS Hilary 2016 term Seminar Series entitled: Open the Way: Understanding the Refugee Crisis on 4th February 2016.
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Heaven Crawley, Coventry University, gives a talk for the COMPAS Hilary term 2016 seminar seires; 'Open the Way: Understanding the Refugee Crisis' on 21st January 2016.
Melanie Griffiths, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. For academics, politicians and NGOs alike, the issues seen to relate to irregular migrants, especially if they are male, tend to revolve around questions of legality, criminality and mobility. Little concern is generally afforded to their emotional lives and wellbeing. Drawing on qualitative research conducted with UK-based precarious male migrants with British or EU citizen partners and children, this talk...
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Jan 27, 2016 Yasmin Gunaratnam
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Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths College, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Jonathan Darling, University of Manchester, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. In this seminar I draw on my current research looking at how dispersal has worked across four UK cities historically, and how changes with the privatisation of provision has affected relations between asylum seekers and cities, between private providers and local authorities, and between local authorities and the Home Office. I will link to some of my past work around sanctuary, responsibility and generosity...
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Osea Giuntella, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. Despite a lower average socioeconomic status, recent immigrants in many advanced economies have better health outcomes than the incumbent residents in the hosting countries. Paradoxically, this initial health advantage erodes with time spent in the destination country, despite immigrants’ socio-economic assimilation. In the talk I will discuss the role of selection, acculturation,...
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Jan 27, 2016 Peter Dwyer
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Peter Dwyer, University of York, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. Conditionality matters for migrants. First, in a broad sense i.e. the ways in which UK immigration and welfare policies intersect to establish and structure the diverse rights and responsibilities of different migrant groups living in the UK. Second, in respect of more focused understandings of welfare conditionality and the linking of an individual’s rights to social welfare benefits and services to specified...
This paper uses a UK nationally representative data set to examine the extent to which family migration history helps explains inter-ethnic variations in subjective well-being. By Cinzia Rienzo, National Institute of Economic and Social Research [NIESR].
Chris Minns, London School of Economics, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. This paper develops a simple methodology to estimate the stock of citizens and citizenship rates for over 30 European towns and cities between 1550 and 1800. We find substantial variation in individual urban citizenship rates, from less than five percent to over twenty percent, even within the borders of present-day Western European nations. Estimates of the share of households with citizens...
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Jul 27, 2015 Nicholas Simcik Arese
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Nicholas Simcik Arese, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. As activists lament that the rights-based aims of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution feel increasingly distant, research is necessary on the documentation of ongoing social-justice struggles in Cairo, though they may not be framed as 'revolutionary' by participants themselves. In August 2010 and in February 2011, during the 18 days of Hosni Mubarak’s fall, a group of 231 resettled slum dwellers...
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Jul 27, 2015 Claudio Sopranzetti
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Claudio Sopranzetti, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. This talk analyses the transformation of labor and internal migration structure in Thailand since the 1997 economic crisis. In particular it shows how, since the restructuring of the Thai economy along post-fordist lines, both processes have been re-organized through discourse and practices of "free" flexible labor. The speaker focus specifically on a group of informal urban workers:...
Kareem Rabie, CUNY Graduate Center, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. This talk explores the arrival city framework in the context of occupied Palestine, beginning with a consideration of the ways that markets and immigration are treated in that framework. Next, it introduces ethnographic material on ordinary Palestinians' relationships to a particular massive housing development being built in the West Bank, and the increasing stratification between Palestinians in...
Kristen Biehl, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. As of the late 1950s, Istanbul has maintained its position as Turkey’s leading arrival city for millions of internal migrants from all parts of the country, whose impact on the city’s changing physicality, diversity, imaginary and exclusions has been extensively researched within the field of Turkish urban studies. Over recent decades, however, a new form of migration composed of international...
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Jul 27, 2015 Rob McNeil
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Rob McNeil, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the Immigration and democracy in the UK COMPAS Seminar Series. Rob McNeil looks at the nature of migration in the media and why it looks as it does. What is truth in this context? He also considers what that means from a policy perspective. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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Jul 27, 2015 Daniel Trilling
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Daniel Trilling, New Humanist Magazine, gives a talk for Shifting Powers, Shifting Mobilites COMPAS Seminar Series The world economic and financial meltdown and its social, economic and political aftermath have helped to consolidate and accelerate shifts in the global political economy, which in turn are re-shaping the global migration order, as emergent powers become increasingly important players on the world migration scene. Moreover, power is not only shifting socio-economically and...
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Jul 27, 2015 Carlos Vargas Silva
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Carlos Vargas Silva, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for Immigration and democracy in the UK COMPAS Seminar Series. This talk analyzes the effects of immigration on access to health care in England. Linking administrative records from the Hospital Episode Statistics (2003-2012) with immigration data drawn from the UK Labor Force Survey, we analyze how immigrant inflows affected waiting times in the National Health Service. We find that immigration reduced waiting times for outpatient...
Dimitris Dalakoglou, University of Sussex, gives a talk for the Arrival Cities COMPAS Seminar Series. In 2010, it was reported that out of the 510 border guards employed in the country, 473 were, in fact, serving in Athens. Indeed, deployment of border guards in cities has become standard practice these days; for example, in the summer of 2013 UKBA organized a large-scale operation in London’s underground stations stopping and checking migrants and people of migratory origin. This...
Scott Blinder, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, gives a talk for the Immigration and democracy in the UK COMPAS Seminar Series. This talk reviews a wide variety of research findings on how migration functions as a political issue in today’s Britain, and how migration and migrants affect British political systems and outcomes. In the electoral context, I review evidence on how migration affected the 2010 election and how it is likely to affect the 2015 vote – both through impact on...
Sarah Spencer and Jonathan Price, COMPAS, Oxford, give a talk for the COMPAS series. This briefing presents the findings of an 18 month study that explored the implications of a tension between two areas of policy concerning the welfare of children: a requirement in immigration law that excludes some families from mainstream welfare benefits and a provision in the Children Act (s17) that requires local authorities to safeguard and promote the welfare of any child ‘in need’. The study...
This briefing explores the lived experiences and concerns of segments of the majority population in Higher Blackley, a ward in the north of Manchester. Part of the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing Series. The briefing focuses on key areas of local policy - employment, education, health, housing, political participation, policing, and the media - as well as broader themes of belonging and identity. Higher Blackley has a majority white working class community, with significant pockets of deprivation...
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Dec 18, 2014 Dina Ionesco, Alex Sutton
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Dina Ionesco International Organization for Migration and Alex Sutton UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition give a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Briefing series. Both climate change and migration are complex and politically sensitive topics. This briefing, a collaboration between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition (UKCCMC), explores what recent research and policy developments tell us about the linkages between the two...
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Nov 18, 2014 Rachel Briggs, Peter Neumann
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Rachel Briggs (Institute for Strategic Dialogue) and Peter Neumann (International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation) give a presentation for the COMPAS Breakfast Brefiing Series. There has been considerable media attention focusing on the security concerns that foreign fighters pose to not only Syria and Iraq, but also their countries of origin. This briefing outlines the nature and scale of the problem and unpack the motivations of Westerners that are drawn to fight alongside IS and...
William Allen, Migration Observatory, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Briefing series. On 1 January 2014, transitional controls placed on Bulgarians and Romanians wanting to work in the UK were lifted. From 1 December 2012 to 1 December 2013, arguably a crucial time in the run-up to this important change, UK national newspapers discussed the potential magnitude, impacts, and composition of migrants from these countries. But how did the British national press...
In the first panel of the Decade of Migration conference Ash Amin and Vicki Bell focus on cities. Ash Amin outlines work set out in his book "City of Migrants", looking at the characteristic of the city and its construction of migrants and migrant experiences. Vicki Bell considers "Routes not taken", examining routes not taken in the field of memory studies and its relation to history based on research in Cordoba, Argentina. Part of the Decade of Migration Conference. This...
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Sep 24, 2014 Michael Keith, Paul Boyle, Andrew Hamilton
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Michael Keith, Paul Boyle, and Andrew Hamilton introduce the conference "Decade of Migration" and discuss the challenges and hopes for the topics and discussions. Part of the Decade of Migration Conference. This international conference marked the 10 year anniversary of COMPAS and looked to future research agendas. Bringing together leading academics and senior practitioners from across the world, this event discussed how migration research has re-configured the social sciences over...
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Sep 24, 2014 Martin Ruhs, Monique Kremer, Roger Waldinger
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In the third panel of the Decade of Migration conference Martin Ruhs, Monique Kremer, and Roger Waldinger gave different insights into mobility and the global labour market. Martin Ruhs highlights some key inter-disciplinary and policy related themes of COMPAS research that will be important in the future. Monique Kremer looked at the relationship between the labour market and the welfare state, while Roger Waldinger critiques the transnational perspective on migration. Part of the Decade of...
In the fourth panel of the Decade of Migration conference Nicholas Van Hear, Robin Cohen and John Burry look at geopolitical influences and global shifts in power and how it affects migrants. Nick Van Hear highlights milestones in geo-politics that show how changes in global political economy have shaped migration and mobility. Robin Cohen's talk is "From new helots to the precariat: back to the future". Jon Urry completes the panel by looking at new mobilities paradigms and offshore...
Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements Young people who arrive in the UK from outside Europe without a parent or legal guardian are institutionally categorised according to a range of possible legal statuses and usually afforded time-limited Leave to Remain in the UK. These categorisations are associated with specific welfare entitlements which tend to diminish over time...
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Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements Theories of EU citizenship and equal treatment can seem optimistic and inclusive in academic study, but are somewhat at odds with the reality of being an EU migrant. This presentation draws upon findings of the EU Rights Project which tests out the accessibility of EU welfare rights in the UK, through taking on cases, representing...
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COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements Over the last two decades, research on unauthorized migration has departed from the equation of migrant illegality with absolute exclusion, emphasizing that formal exclusion typically results in subordinate inclusion. Irregular migrants integrate through informal support networks, the underground economy, and political activities. But they also...
COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements he European Social Charter (ESC) is the socio-economic 'sister' instrument of the ECHR. The text of the ESC contains a comprehensive list of social rights, which are generally binding on the vast majority of European states, and its provisions have exerted a considerable influence over the development of national and EU legal standards (including...
Based on a project conducted by LSE and COMPAS Isabel Shutes talk examines inclusion and exclusion with regards to welfare rights. She looks at forms of differential inclusion and exclusion cut across citizens and non-citizens like, as applied to EU citizens, non-EU citizens, and British citizens. Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements
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Jul 29, 2014 Christine M. Jacobsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen, Marry-Anne Karlsen
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Jacobsen, Bendixsen and Karlsen outline findings from the project PROVIR, examining the access to welfare and its limitations for irregular migrants in Norway. Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Trinity 2014- Borders of the welfare state: Exploring the tensions between migration enforcement and welfare state entitlements
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Jul 14, 2014 Sue Lukes, John Perry
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Sue Lukes former member of the Housing and Migration Network and John Perry former member of the Housing and Migration Network and Policy Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Housing and manager of housing rights give a talk for the COMPAS Series Destitution appears to be a growing problem among migrants, for a variety of reasons. London rough sleeping data consistently show more than half of rough sleepers are migrants, although proportions are generally much lower elsewhere. This breakfast...
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Derek McGhee and Claire Bennett, University of Southampton, give a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing series Citizens may be broadly in agreement with government immigration policy and acknowledge the consequent logic of illegality and deportation, but its actual practice can be deeply unsettling, challenging liberal respect for physical integrity and freedom of choice. State funded ‘Assisted Voluntary Return’ (AVR) programmes seem to resolve these contradictions and are on the increase...
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Liz Collett and Milica Petrovic from the Migration Policy Institute give a talk The UK debate has been obsessed with numbers, limits and caps since 2010, and arguably a generation. This misses the real story of immigration: how immigrants integrate into society. When do migrants cease to be migrants? The integration story is a complex one but its importance cannot be understated: whether or not groups are successfully included will ultimately shape immigration policy. MPI Europe has been...
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Jun 3, 2014 Nils Muiznieks
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This talk was hosted by COMPAS and the University of Oxford's Human Rights Hub. It was chaired by Dr. Sarah Spencer (COMPAS) and comments provided by Dr. Cathryn Costello (Director, Human Rights Hub). Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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Apr 14, 2014 Vidhya Ramalingam, Nicola Perry, Sarah Pinnock
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In recent years, many European countries have been grimly reminded of the threat from far-right violence motivated by hatred towards migrants and minorities. This talk explores how 10 European countires are attempting to address this. Amongst other events, the attacks on Oslo in July 2011 and the discovery of the National Socialist Underground in Germany have fed the fear that right-wing violence is on the rise, and raised questions about whether this form of extremism has been a blind spot for...
This talk draws on a case study of forced displacement, onward migration, and prospective return within the living memory of one community, and explores questions of freedom and force ethnographically: How do members of this community conceptualise compulsion and choice in their own and others' lives, and with what implications for the politics of victimhood and claims for redress? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales;...
Geetanjali Gangoli, University of Bristol, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series on forced marriage and its implications on immigration and human rights The issue of forced marriage is extremely contentious in the UK, and has undergone much policy and legal shifts in the past few decades. This talk looks at how immigration policies treat the issue of forced marriage including attempts to increase entry age on a marriage visas and current rhetoric on immigration, and attempt to look at the...
This seminar discusses the Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) Index. This project builds a dataset on immigration policies in all OECD countries for the period 1980-2010. It will open a completely new research field and allow researchers to study the causes and effects of immigration policies and developments across time more systematically. Contrary to existing indices this index will be conceptually more comprehensive and distinguish between (1) all relevant policy fields, (2)...
Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Michaelmas 2013: Rebordering: reflections in relation to (post)socialism Madina Tlostanova. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration gives a talk on the post-communist remapping of the world has effectively left the post-socialist people out of the new world order of global coloniality. We are inhabiting its margins and desperately trying to cross the newly drawn seemingly transparent but in fact much more impenetrable...
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Mar 11, 2014 Caroline Humphrey
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Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Michaelmas 2013: Rebordering: reflections in relation to (post)socialism This paper moves from the usual focus on mobile people crossing borders (migrants, traders, tourists, etc.) to examine more closely the activities of the various state agencies found at the international border. It is argued, focussing on the Russian side, that these agencies need to be disaggregated and that the relations both between and within them are incoherent. The actions of state...
Part of the COMPAS Seminar Series Michaelmas 2013: Rebordering: reflections in relation to (post)socialism Madeleine Reeves (University of Manchester) explores the relationship between infrastructure, (re)bordering, and inter-communal relations in rural Central Asia. Two decades after independence from the Soviet Union, large stretches of the international border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan remain to be juridically delimited or demarcated. The two states are in disagreement over which...
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Mar 3, 2014 Martin Ruhs
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Martin Ruhs, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS podcast series The great majority of labour immigration programmes in high-income countries are temporary migration programmes that limit the migrant‚ employment to the employer specified on the work permit. Drawing on his recent book ‚ÄúThe Price of Rights. Regulating International Labor Migration (Princeton University Press 2013, www.priceofrights.com ), Martin Ruhs discusses the causes and consequences of tying...
Julia O'Connell Davidson considers historical notions of slavery and how they can or cannot be applied to modern situations of forced migration. Debates about force and freedom are fundamental to migration theory and policy. The refugee/migrant binary that has been the subject of significant critique in research continues to underpin asylum and immigration policy, while considerable resources are devoted to distinguishing between the trafficked (forced) and the smuggled (free choice) migrant....
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Mar 3, 2014 Allan Findlay, David McCollum, Jakub Bijak
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Allan Findlay, David McCollum and Jakub Bijak give a talk on migration and Scotland In September 2014 Scotland will hold an historic referendum on its constitutional future. Migration is an important aspect of the debates surrounding this ballot: the current UK government has emphasised its desire to restrict immigration to Britain, whilst the Scottish Government has viewed net immigration as a valuable contributor to the economic and demographic growth of Scotland. The Breakfast Briefing...
Karen O'Reilly, University of Loughborough, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series This paper draws attention to the relatively affluent nature and precarious positioning of some lifestyle migration. Lifestyle migration has been defined as the movement of relatively affluent people to destinations that offer an improved quality of life. Lifestyle migrants (often, but not always, Westerners) are thought to move more in search of freedom and leisure than for security or as a result of...
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Mar 3, 2014 Alexander Betts
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Alexander Betts, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series The seminar, based on Betts' new book, explores the challenge of responding to new drivers of cross-border displacement that fall outside the existing refugee framework. Rather than beginning with particular causes of displacement - whether environmental change, food insecurity, or generalized violence - it offers a human rights-based framework through which to critically consider who, in a changing world, should...
Alice Bloch, University of Manchester, gives a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing series This briefing draws on data from an ESRC funded project, 'Undocumented Migrants, Ethnic Enclaves and Networks: Opportunities, traps or class-based constructs', in order to explore the choices and constraints of undocumented migrants in the labour market, from their own perspectives. It examines the diverse realities of working lives among undocumented migrants. Focusing on how undocumented migrants...
Jon Simmons, Home Office Migration and Border Analysis, gives a talk for the COMPAS Breaskfast Breifing series This briefing summarises research and analysis conducted by Home Office Science to provide further evidence on the social and public service impacts of migration at the local level. It examines migrant composition and impacts at the local, rather than the national, level. It presents a local authority typology, classifying all local authorities within England and Wales into twelve...
Martin Ruhs, COMPAS, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Breifing series Many low-income countries and development organisations are calling for greater liberalization of labor immigration policies in high-income countries. At the same time, human rights organisations and migrant rights advocates demand more equal rights for migrant workers. The Price of Rights, a new book by COMPAS economist Martin Ruhs, shows why you cannot always have both. Examining labor immigration...
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Ludi Simpson and Stephen Jivraj give a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Briefing series. The 2011 Census updates our knowledge about ethnic inequalities in work, housing, education, health and residential patterns. The first results have confirmed the growing ethnic diversity of the UK population, a spreading out of minority populations, and more mixed ethnicity within families and households. For the first time the Census has asked questions on language proficiency and national identity. What...
Professor Robert E Wright gives a talk for the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society. Most of the countries of Europe are ageing rapidly, with population and labour force decline being expected in the near future. Although politically unpopular, the governments of most of these countries view managed immigration as being the main way to expand their labour forces. However, most of these countries do not have in place immigration systems that 'select the best'. However, this is changing. For...
Diane Coyle discusses labour migration movements across borders through firm's decision problems and strategic thinking. The aim of the series is to explore the how migration research has re-configured the social sciences over the past 10 years and in turn how changes in the social sciences have influenced the study of mobility and migration, their patterns, consequences and policies. Each seminar will focus on one of the six COMPAS core research themes; flows and dynamics, labour markets,...
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Sep 2, 2013 Caroline Oliver, Juan Camilo
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Caroline Oliver and Juan Camilo give a talk for the COMPAS Breakfast Briefing series. here has been considerable change in policies affecting migrants coming to and live in the UK as family members over recent years. Last year on 9th July 2012, the entry requirements were revised to incorporate an increased income threshold for the sponsor of non-EU spouses, while the period of time before they become eligible for permanent residence (and in which they face limited access to certain benefits)...
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May 29, 2013 Nicholas de Genova
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Nicholas de Genova examines what Europe is and means through the existence of migrants. Discussing integration and cohesion in Europe as viewed when migration is considered 'a problem', touching on issues of national identity, value and sovereignty framed through issues of migration. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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May 29, 2013 Chris Wilson
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Chris Wilson discusses replacement migration in Britain and Europe, from a demography perspective, explaining a newly developed system for looking replacement ratios. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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The recent political debates in the United States have raised awareness of the untenable situation facing more than 2.1 million undocumented immigrant children and young adults who have lived in the U.S. since childhood. Each year, tens of thousands of undocumented youngsters leave American high schools to embark upon uncertain futures. But until now, very little has been known about the ways in which these young people come of age and how legal barriers shape their adolescent and adult...
Fiona Williams looks at different approaches taken by social policy to race, ethnicity, and migration, and proposes implications for social justice that emerge. She places inequalities of gender, race and status at the centre of the consideration of the welfare state. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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May 29, 2013 Tanya Golash Boza
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In the United States, the right to territorial belonging is the only inalienable right U.S. citizens have, and this right is exclusive to U.S. citizens. Most scholarship on citizenship examines how rights are distributed within a polity, yet rarely considers how citizenship can function as a barrier to territorial rights - the right to live in a particular place. This talk draws from interviews with 30 Jamaican deported former legal permanent residents of the United States to address the...
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May 29, 2013 Nando Sigona
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Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham, gives a talk for the COMPAS seminar series. Drawing on ethnographic research in Italian refugee/nomad camps where forcibly displaced Roma from former Yugoslavia were sheltered, this talk reflects on the spatial dimension of social relations and the social construction of spaces in camps and camp-like institutions. It argues that Agamben conceptualisation of the camp as a space of exception fails to grasp the complexity of social relations in camps....
This talk introduces the proposition that citizenship and alienage (or migrant status) may be best understood as two key figures of a spectrum of bordered identities. - categorical distinctions among different sorts of people configured in relation to territorially defined states by the differences in space produced by borders. Thinking with the concept of bordered identities, it becomes possible to better appreciate how bordered exclusions do an inclusionary work that is inseparable from the...
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May 28, 2013 Stephen Meili
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Stephen Meili looks at how human rights treaties are applied in the UK court systems to applications by asylum seekers. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Bernard Ryan discusses the possibilities of the Migrant Workers Convention, the relevant committee and its work. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Oberoi discusses the process of migration being governed with a focus on human rights. Including a look at spaces including the 2005 Global Commission on Migration, UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council, UNHCR Executive Committee, the WHA and others. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Martin Ruhs outlines the findings of his new book 'The Price of Rights', discussing the trade off between openness to migrants and access to rights. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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May 28, 2013 David Miller
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David Miller examines the effects and results of border regimes on human rights, from a political philosophy perspective. He states that border regimes are damaging in terms of human rights. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
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May 20, 2013 Joanna Sage
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It is often assumed that the pathway from home to university and onwards to the labour market is a linear upward trajectory, ultimately resulting in improved opportunities and social betterment. This briefing summarises research tracing the lives of graduates across the five year period after leaving university, revealing that their migration pathways are often complex, non-linear and precarious. During this prolonged period of instability the parental home (and parental support more generally)...
n recent years several European states have seen the emergence of 'counter-Jihad' movements, which in contrast to the established populist radical right eschew electoral politics and put stronger emphasis on mobilizing opposition to Islam and Muslims. Despite attracting attention, counter-Jihad movements and the predictors of their support are under researched. Drawing on a new survey and sample of self-identified supporters, we investigate the predictors of public support for the English...
This briefing provides a descriptive analysis of the role of social networks in the labour market, comparing immigrant and native men in the UK. The speakers will explore the determinants of using social networks as a channel for looking for jobs. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Melissa Siegel looks at migration and poverty at community level in Moldova and Georgia, in relation to a 2 year research project funded by the European Commission. The project looks at the effects of migration on children and the elderly who are left behind when those who would normally provide care for them migrate. The field of migration studies has tended to explore the causes and outcomes of migration to the neglect of the conditions and practice of movement itself. The literature has...
Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
Feb 18, 2013 Louise Ryan, Jon Mulholland
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Drawing on qualitative data from an ESRC-funded project, this presentation will explore the nature and dynamics of intra-EU talent migration through a particular focus on the French highly-skilled working in London's financial and business sectors. Specifically, it will explore French accounts of London as a place of opportunity, where talent is both recognised and rewarded, in some contradistinction to Paris and France. It will examine French accounts of the different and more meritocratic...
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Feb 18, 2013 Roger Zetter
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Roger Zetter thinks about the nature and challenges of researching migrant (specifically refugee) journeys. He presents a paper with idea about the lacuna in research about the subject, and also examines the limited research that does exist. He argues the importance of studying the journey, for both academics and policy makers. Finally Roger looks at some of the conceptual and methodological challenges for this research. The field of migration studies has tended to explore the causes and...
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Thanos Maroukis talks about the social processes at play behind the migrant smuggling business. Based on his recently published book Thanos talks the audience throughout he methodology, theoretical framework and findings. The field of migration studies has tended to explore the causes and outcomes of migration to the neglect of the conditions and practice of movement itself. The literature has looked at what drives migration and the decision to move, and placed emphasis on what happens...